Jim Brown of Grace and Truth Ministries Exposed.
I do not know the religious beliefs of the author--[hope he is not a Calvinist too] but I am seriously concerned about any teacher that teaches demons are not real. This is entering into EXTREME HERESY and abandoning the faith as given to the saints.
I saw a lot of other errors on his website but that one alone is to tell everyone to stay away. One technique many false teachers will use is to wrest scriptures into meaning something else. They either do this via their own special translations or changing the words themselves maybe even using Greek and Hebrew translations that are FALSE. This was a technique I noticed that was used by Lew White and pals taking Hebrew which most people are not educated in and changing the meaning of words, to add to confusion.
He claims that demons are simply "self" and not true entities. With that teaching he actually plays footsies with the Buddhists whose entire religion is based on annihilation of the self to seek Nirvana. He sounds like my Unitarian Universalist pastors who told me that demons are not real and that they were cultural precepts based on superstition and the lack of science. There is no explanation why manifestations of demons and spirits and possessions directed by witchdoctors are numerous in so many world cultures. Is he trying to compete with Joseph Campbell of PBS fame?
If someone has to write complicated charts, they are busy trying to fool you and do a snow job. I may review one of the videos later like the one below and update this article, but to an hour and 40 minutes commitment for just one video is a lot of time. Maybe I will get to it later today, to point out more. You probably can just skim through to get the gist. The description [in red] is bad enough. I already know he is a false teacher because he goes against scripture itself. Supposedly unclean spirits do not exist according to this guy.
"Demons' are not entities as defined by modern christian establishments. Scholar and minister Jim Brown analyzes Textus Receptus scripture and factors first century culture and custom to reveal what 'demons' actually are. The truth is shocking for most people. Part 1 of series."
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I skipped ahead to the 31:57 minute mark, this is when he starts talking about demons.
"If you can't hear what I am going to tell you about demons, if you can't hear what I am going to tell you about demons, then you can't hear what the bible says then by all you are stupid or "idiotos". Talk about mental manipulation!
He breaks down the word demon to diablos and then die and ballos.
I don't buy the word break-downs. I have only studied some Spanish but die and ballos mean other things in other languages. Die even means "the" in German. One could come up with all sorts of monkey-business translating words and breaking them into pieces. Ballos does not mean a ball, it means "dance" in other languages. Baile means DANCE in Spanish
When he says "If you refuse this you are stupid", he is massively manipulating!
Trying to claim Jesus was speaking slang or popular mode of speech is nonsense. A total lie, Jim Brown says of Jesus Christ: "He would never admit that a man had a demon":
Matthew 12:43-45King James Version (KJV)
43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.
The "casting out of fortunes" is nonsense too. This Greek dictionary says it means possessed. I googled the term daimonid and found nothing saying it meant "casting of fortunes". Diamond was the closest word. Did Jews call their sins demons? How would that work since Jews in the time of Jesus did not speak English? I'd like to see that one proven.
Does Jim Brown consider himself a Christadelphian? His teachings MATCH THEIRS almost exactly.
"The previous two sections have explained why we do not believe the devil or satan to be a personal being or a monster. If we accept that there is no such being, then it surely follows that demons, who are held to be the servants of the devil, also do not exist."
I heard enough and watched the video from 31:57 to 38:51.
One thing, many can use intellectual knowledge to deceive the simple. My years of sitting in the UU church with giant intellectual snow jobs using every field from anthropology to sociology to biology to reject Jesus Christ and His gospel were enough to forewarn me.
The Holy Spirit will warn all true believers to steer clear, but sadly here you see scripture being wrested using the trick of redefining words. Remember the Jesuits and their constant casuistry? Deceivers always play the game of saying "Hath God said?"